A swarm of commentary and coverage has followed the release of the most recent pastoral statement by the CBCP. The President’s allies are singing the bishops’ Hosannahs, while her critics sing a kind of funerary dirge. The bishops’ gambit seems to have saved the Queen. One trend is the view held by some, that the bishops are actually headed in a radical direction.
The bishops, in light of the jockeying to claim their statement as supportive of one camp or the other, have tried to issue clarifications.
Press coverage of Palace enticements and internal debates among the prelates continues to be brisk.
More revelations on what transpired in February. The Chief of Staff is retiring under a cloud, probably to the Palace’s delight.
Commission on Human Rights isn’t happy, though.
I don’t know if announcements such as exposing an alleged plot to seize the Batasan Pambansa and hold members of Congress at gunpoint, are really going to rally the faithful. Some, but I’d have thought that if anything would be popular on both sides of the aisles, it would be holding Congress hostage. Neither does exposing alleged plans to seize the Palace: who will die for the President if she calls for a defense? That’s what I’d like to know.
Updates: Jesse Lapus appointed Education Secretary: number of votes required for impeachment goes down to 77.
Joc-Joc Bolante, according to radio reports, has been apprehended in Los Angeles.
An important archeological site in Cagayan de Oro, destroyed?
The Mexican presidential standoff.
Should a letter from Thaksin to Dubya be publicized?
In the punditocracy, my Arab News column for this week is Arroyo Trumped Hyatt 10 Not With Competence but With Appearances. Naturally, Emil Jurado takes a different view of the Hyatt 10.
As the Inquirer editorial suggests, one of the debates is over where the bishops feel people should go, if they think impeachment will be useless if conducted the way it was last year. BenCyrus G. Ellorin has similar concerns.
Conrado de Quiros and Mike Tan delve into the pastoral statement, echoing a general concern: in trying to be unambiguous, the bishops sowed confusion. Bong Austero, on the other hand, thinks the bishops make sense (he emphasizes, too, he shouldn’t be considered a supporter of the President).
Manuel Buencamino pens an open letter to One Voice, challenging the idea of 2007 as an indirect referendum.
Amando Doronila says it’s clear a “Left-Right Conspiracy” did not exist; and that the President’s support is more fragile than previously thought.
Will have to do blogosphere wrap-up next time.
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